Undergraduate Course Catalog

Pastoral Leadership

PL 401 – Foundations of Liturgy

  • Course Number: PL 401
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Foundations of Liturgy will cover the practices of a church for public worship. The student will gain a comprehensive view of the scriptural principles involved in Christian liturgical practices historically and today. The course begins with a study of the New Testament Church gatherings. Using Old Testament examples and New Testament teaching, the student will proceed to analyze the basic elements of church gatherings, as well as principles and keys for leading congregants in a service. The student will be provided with practical, Spirit-led guidelines. Students will be coached in simple applications of these principles. These topics are studied primarily via the lens of the Scriptures, the course textbooks, and readings from selected practitioners.

PL 405 – Relational Church Planting and Growth

Relational Church Planting and Growth examines the dynamics of church planting, development, and growth from a relational model which honors the biblical/theological foundations of the apostolic Church, while learning to exegete the congregation, community and culture in the context of the Lord’s kingdom mandate. Attention is given to relational-missional approaches of developing, sending, and serving which may assist in improving multi-generational connections between the life of the Church and its changing context.

PL 410 – Stewardship and Administration

  • Course Number: PL 410
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Stewardship and Administration will guide the student through an analysis of the qualities of an effective leader and the requirement of faithful stewardship in the church. Topics covered in this course include leadership, delegation, administration, stewardship, church finances, church records, and risk management.

PL 412 – Church Law

  • Course Number: PL 412
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Church Law allows the student to discover why it is important to have a basic understanding of the law as it pertains to a church and its ministry. The impact of the law continues to grow and the laws continue to change on a regular basis. In this course the student will study how the constitution, federal laws, and state laws affect a church. While a complete study of the law is well beyond the scope of this course, the course materials will provide a basic foundation for understanding how to conduct church affairs in today’s legal environment. Such an understanding will assist in avoiding an inadvertent violation of the law, as well as allowing the church and its ministers to take advantage of the opportunities and protections that the law provides. It will also provide a framework for knowing when to seek professional advice, and for understanding the answers.

PL 422 – Spiritual Worship Leadership

  • Course Number: PL 422
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

In exploring Spiritual Worship Leadership, we will deepen our understanding of the worship the Father seeks. Through the lens of scripture we must ask ourselves, do our church services truly accomplish the spiritual service of worship God is jealous after? Honest reflection on this question leads us to consider how the scriptures define our responsibility as congregational leaders in light of the gift ministries the Holy Spirit imparts to individuals. How to create an atmosphere for participation in communal worship will be considered including discussion of the variety of worship expressions given in the New Testament, song repertoire, the setup and design of a worship space, mechanics of song leading, and more.